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From author Jeff Biggers' The United States of Appalachia

"According to Mooney, the Cherokee had been the mountaineers in the South, 'holding the entire Allegheny region from the inter-locking headstreams of the Kenawha and the Tennessee southward almost to the site of Atlanta.' He traced their historical land claims across the Virginias, Tennessee, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Alabama, and Georgia. But Mooney's observations ... didn't necessarily reflect the complexity of overlapping indigenous land claims along the mountainous spine of the Southeast, or the full extent of Cherokee expansion."

– From The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America. Author Jeff Biggers appears at Charis Books, 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 27.

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